Anyone who has ever worked in the social services sector knows early intervention and prevention is the surest way of arresting identified areas of need.

They're often high and complex and past governments had a bad habit at Budget time of deferring additional funding and procrastinating, or waiting until things approached crisis point, before deciding funding would be made available.

"No money for additional support services" was the usual response from government.

"Make do with what you currently get" is an oldie, but the one that still gets me riled up is "Try working smarter". When I heard these excuses